Oblivious Selfie Taking Claims Latest Casualty at Tourist Hotspot

Oblivious Selfie Taking Claims Latest Casualty at Tourist Hotspot

Eyes up here, guys.

By Jet Set Staff

You'd be forgiven for wanting to capture all your best sightseeing moments in selfie form — it's the reality of the modern love (slash hate) story between travel and social media. But some people have to go and take it to extremes: There's Kim Kardashian who snapped 6,000 selfies on a four-day mini-vacation, and then there are the folks who risk life and limb to get the shot. (Not-so-fun fact: This is the most dangerous place in the world to take a selfie.)

And then, of course, there are the sightseers who just screw up attractions for the rest of us. Latest offender: a visitor to Yayoi Kusama's Instagram-hit exhibit “Infinity Mirrored Room: All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins" at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C.

The exhibit had not even been open for a full week when one of rooms within it was closed temporarily after a visitor broke one of the pumpkins, according to art site Hyperallergic. The single piece of sculpture is valued at about $800,000.

Vsitors who were nearby when it happened blamed the sculpture snafu on a museumgoer's attempt to score the perfect selfie.

The installation has now reopened. It's already one of the most popular in the museum’s history, according to The New York Times: More than 8,000 visitors had passed through in its initial days.

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